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As much as the venue was a nice asset to Universal Studios Hollywood overall, I am totally fine with seeing the park gain some needed territory for their borders. I really enjoyed the park during my last visit, but considering the space constraints, it was a shame to see the park had trouble adding more without taking things away. At least with this project, the park seems to be benefiting heavily from the loss of the Gibson Amphitheatre.

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^Yeah, I think a lot of the bigger award shows and more current "top 40" acts started going there, which left Gibson to fight for scraps however they could. The Spanish shows would sell out, but there just wasn't enough of them to go around.

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Maybe they could turn Doc Brown's Fancy Chicken (which didn't make that much sense even when BttF was around) into a Krusty Fried Chicken; maybe add some of those Simpsons themed midway games that Orlando has.

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With this Harry Potter world going up, does it include an actual roller coaster? Or is it just more 3D show type attractions? I hope so, I'm going to miss Gibson!

Just Forbidden Journey and most-likely Hippogriff. There will certainly not be Dragon Challenge.

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Minor USH update...more nice improvements to the lower lot!

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The talking character booth has been installed @ USH and has opened to guests today!

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An all you can eat BBQ option has also opened downstairs!

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Hmm, hopefully someone sees this before I head out tomorrow -

 

I'm taking my first ever trip to Universal Hollywood and was wondering if anyone had some tips on the best way to avoid the crowds. We're driving out to LA tomorrow after my buddy finishes up at work and visiting the park on Wednesday. We're not expecting insane crowds, but you never know. I've done some internet research and from what I can tell, I should go straight to Simpsons and follow that up with the Backlot Tour, then head down to the lower lot since, according to Google, the lower lot doesn't tend to get busy until after 12. We're gonna be there right at opening (9am) so we should have plenty of time.

 

Any other tips? What time of day is best for a decent seat at Waterworld? I'd appreciate it. Thanks, guys!

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^ I wouldn't expect it to busy at all, most schools are out later this week so it should still be quiet. As for where to go first, I've always had the best luck going straight to the lower lot. With Transformers being the most popular attraction at the park right now (Well, it usually has the longest line though I could see Tram Tour having higher attendance) people tend to head down there first. Then hit Mummy and JP a couple times before heading up to do Tram and Simpsons plus Shrek if you like and Waterworld.

 

My experience is based on only a few trips since Transformers opened, so it's not necessarily 100% accurate, but it's worked for me so far. Joey is definitely the most knowledgable on on the boards about it, maybe he'll be able to add his suggestions in before you head out (or go back a ways in this thread, I seem to recall this discussion being had a few months ago).

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Thanks for the advice! The question of when schools begin letting out was worrying me, but knowing they're still in session for a few more weeks is very good to know. Looks like I'll be making a trip to Knott's next week, now, haha.

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Just an FYI, I went to the park yesterday, and it wasn't that bad. It was fairly crowded, but the wait times for the rides were five minutes all morning until around 1:30. Then the waits got up to a half hour. You'll be fine.

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Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and Super Silly Funland has finally been officially announced!

 

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 11, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Studios HollywoodSM today announced that the theme park will be home to the newest version of the wildly popular "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" attraction during a press conference at International Pow Wow, one of the largest travel trade shows in the United States held this week in Las Vegas. News of the Spring 2014 grand opening also revealed that the iconic theme park will unveil a "Super Silly Fun Land," based on the park depicted in Despicable Me, adjacent to the attraction.

 

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130611/LA30324)

 

"Coming off the successive, highly popular launches of King Kong 360 3-D and 'Transformers™: The Ride—3D,' the 'Despicable Me Minion Mayhem' attraction is our next global movie blockbuster come to life," said Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios Hollywood. "Our park will also be home to 'Super Silly Fun Land' – a colorful and whimsical play land sure to be an all-time favorite."

 

"Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" will be a movie motion-simulator adventure inspired by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me which entertained audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history.

 

The ride continues the story line from the blockbuster film through all-new 3D Ultra-HD animation in an interactive ride vehicle system. The fully immersive experience features the cast of leading characters that have captivated audiences worldwide: super-villain Gru, his adorable girls (Margo, Edith and Agnes) and the unpredictably hilarious Minions.

 

"The 'Despicable Me Minion Mayhem' attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will continue to push the creative envelope with its exceptional show content, sight gags, special effects and 3D digital animation. The exterior treatment will feature even more thematic and colorful creative touches that will literally place park guests inside Gru's world," said Mark Woodbury, President, Universal Creative.

 

Guests will experience Despicable Me-themed queues, preshow videos and comedic dialogue that set up the fundamental plot: Gru schemes to create more mischievous Minions from human recruits.

 

Guests will be transported into Gru's house as they meander through his living room and encounter visual elements as seen in the film – including the moon-shrinking SR-6 shrink ray – while they zig-zag through a comedic adventure featuring Gru's super-villain laboratory. The exciting journey continues as they swerve, bounce and plunge to get through the frantically humorous Minion training mission while donning specially designed 3D Minion goggles. Fun and frolic continue in a post-show dance party where Minion walkaround characters invite guests to strut their stuff in an impromptu Minion-inspired dance party.

 

Directly adjacent to "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" will be "Super Silly Fun Land," an elaborate activity zone inspired by the memorable pierside park featured in Despicable Me. A colorfully themed water play area will delight guests of all ages with a multitude of fountains, water dumps and splash pools. Nearby, a dry play zone will invite guests to climb, crawl, jump and slide – while a themed ride will soar and spin guests aboard a fleet of imaginative ride vehicles for a view of "Super Silly Fun Land."

 

"Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" was produced in collaboration between Universal Creative and Illumination Entertainment, and was recently honored as Best Animated Special Production at the 2012 Annie Awards, which recognizes Outstanding Achievements in the field of Animation.

 

Universal Studios HollywoodSM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk® entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas, the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue, and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event arena. World-class rides and attractions include the intense, award-winning ride, "King Kong 360 3-D" on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, "The Simpsons RideTM," "Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride" indoor roller coaster and "Jurassic Park® —The Ride," as well as the award-winning, critically acclaimed mega-attraction, "Transformers™: The Ride—3D."

 

SOURCE Universal Studios Hollywood

 

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/06/11/4938019/universal-studios-hollywood-announces.html#storylink=cpy

 

http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/06/11/4938019/universal-studios-hollywood-announces.html

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Directly adjacent to "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" will be "Super Silly Fun Land," an elaborate activity zone inspired by the memorable pierside park featured in Despicable Me. A colorfully themed water play area will delight guests of all ages with a multitude of fountains, water dumps and splash pools. Nearby, a dry play zone will invite guests to climb, crawl, jump and slide – while a themed ride will soar and spin guests aboard a fleet of imaginative ride vehicles for a view of "Super Silly Fun Land."

 

A flat ride for USH! Awesome!

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Wow, that's great! A new flat ride for USH was unexpected. Very glad to see them finally turn that corner of the upper lot into space for a new ride.

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